Energy Drinks Can be Toxic to Children

Energy drinks contain pharmacologically active substances in addition to caffeine levels higher than soda drinks. Reports in various countries of the toxicity of these substances has raised serious concern over the safety of children and adolescents. In the USA, 46% of the 5448 caffeine overdoses last year occurred in children and adolescents under the age of 19. Also, 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks. More needs to be done to alert parents and children of their potential danger.

PositiveTip: Children and adolescents are healthier when they learn not to depend on drug effects to get through their day. The best sources of energy are good nutritious food, exercise and a good nights sleep.